Blog Action Day is, according to its founders, “an annual nonprofit event that aims to unite the world’s bloggers, podcasters and videocasters, to post about the same issue on the same day.”
In 2007, the issue was the environment. In 2008, the theme is poverty.
By coordinating the efforts of many bloggers (more than 10,000 different sites, as of this morning), the organizers hope to galvanize improvement in the lots of the world’s poor. As measured by the World Bank, substantial improvements have been made since the 1980s.
Even so, one quarter of the world continues to subsist on less than $1.25/day.
Here’s what you can do to help:
- Participate in the One Laptop Per Child project (OLPC). Just head over to laptopgiving.org.
- Tune in to BlogTalkRadio’s 12-hour Blog Action Day talkathon to discover how dozens of prominent bloggers and technologists will be helping in the effort.
- Support microlending efforts at Kiva.org. Learn more about microcredit, Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank in this Business Week article, “Can Technology Eliminate Poverty?
- Read WebTeacher’s post describing a social business to find out how this form of concerned commerce works.
- Donate to or participate in the development of the technologies described at PracticalAction.org. These include micro-hydro plants, small-scale wind generators, affordable solar lanterns and biogas plants.
- Learn more in online poverty resources listed on BlogActionDay.org.
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